Opportunism and Goodwill: Canadian Business Expansion in Colombia, 1867–1979

By Stefano Tijerina

© 2021

Canada’s social, economic, political, and environmental impacts on the Western Hemisphere have been largely overlooked by historians and other social scientists. Most narratives of the relationships between North America and the emerging markets of the south disproportionately focus on the United States. By downplaying Canada’s role, these narratives have fallen short in reconstructing the history of the region. Opportunism and Goodwill fills in these historical gaps, looking at the dynamics of the relationship between Canada and Colombia as they were spearheaded by Canada’s private sector.

Stefano Tijerina argues that since the first era of globalization during the second half of the nineteenth century, Canada’s private sector has carved out niche markets across Latin America, sometimes working independently and in other instances working on behalf of foreign interests. In his historical analysis of these temporal and spatial dimensions, Tijerina shows that the long-term economic development of Canada and Colombia was intertwined and interdependent, ultimately stressing the importance of transnational approaches to the study of history. Contributing to questions about Canada’s "goodwill" and other benevolent constructs, Opportunism and Goodwill sets the historical foundation for current debates about Canadian industries across the world.

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  • Page Count: 224 pages
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Opportunism and Goodwill explores the relatively untapped history of Canadian-Colombian relations and the role Canada has played in the modern economic development of the region.

Opportunism and Goodwill: Canadian Business Expansion in Colombia, 1867–1979

By Stefano Tijerina

© 2021

Canada’s social, economic, political, and environmental impacts on the Western Hemisphere have been largely overlooked by historians and other social scientists. Most narratives of the relationships between North America and the emerging markets of the south disproportionately focus on the United States. By downplaying Canada’s role, these narratives have fallen short in reconstructing the history of the region. Opportunism and Goodwill fills in these historical gaps, looking at the dynamics of the relationship between Canada and Colombia as they were spearheaded by Canada’s private sector.

Stefano Tijerina argues that since the first era of globalization during the second half of the nineteenth century, Canada’s private sector has carved out niche markets across Latin America, sometimes working independently and in other instances working on behalf of foreign interests. In his historical analysis of these temporal and spatial dimensions, Tijerina shows that the long-term economic development of Canada and Colombia was intertwined and interdependent, ultimately stressing the importance of transnational approaches to the study of history. Contributing to questions about Canada’s "goodwill" and other benevolent constructs, Opportunism and Goodwill sets the historical foundation for current debates about Canadian industries across the world.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Stefano Tijerina is a lecturer in Management in the Maine Business School at the University of Maine.
  • Table of contents

    Acknowledgments
    Introduction

    Part One: From Informality to Formality

    1. The Jamaican Entrepôt 
    2. Joining the International System
    3. Institutionalizing International Trade, 1867–1904

    Part Two: A Foothold in the Region

    4. Colombia and the Emerging Latin American Market, 1904–1910 
    5. Internationalizing Banking and Insurance, 1886–1939
    6. Tropical Oil and the Andian National Corporation, 1918–1945
    7. Canadian Gold Dredging Operation, 1909–1962

    Part Three: The Early Promotional State

    8. Limitations Under the Cold War
    9. Diplomatic Relations, 1941–1953 
    10. The 1953 Goodwill Trade Mission
    11. The 1968 Ministerial Mission 
    12. Official Development Assistance to Colombia 

    Conclusion
    Notes
    Bibliography
    Index

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